Does the mere thought of a perfume department make you feel queasy? It’s not just in your head: some people are hypersensitive to strong scents, experiencing nausea and headaches at the hint of a top note. But just because you can’t tolerate traditional fragrances doesn’t mean you can’t smell pretty! Every girl deserves a signature scent – and here are our top picks for less pungent perfumes.
Clean Original Eau de Parfum, $69, cleanperfume.com
The original perfume-for-girls-who-don’t-like-perfume, this pure, fresh fragrance is inspired by the scent of a simple bar of soap, making you smell, well…clean. The sleek glass bottle with silver stopper is equally understated and the brand uses non-irritating, hypoallergenic formulas in all its fragrances. Overall, an inoffensive option for the perfume-averse.
True to its name, this fresh, floral perfume is exceptionally light, making it a great choice. With a delicate balance of Italian bergamot and violet leaves, the fragrance has a soft cedar and warm amber background designed to relax and soothe – rather than shock – the senses.
One of Philosophy’s best-selling scents, this refreshing body spritz is less concentrated than a traditional perfume, while still offering a feminine fragrance. With top notes of bergamot and soft muguet blossoms, it’s also a great multi-tasker, providing moisturising and antioxidant benefits to the skin. Use alone or as a fragrance base.
For the super scent-sensitive, an all-natural source of perfume can be a good option. Organic, cold pressed coconut oil is our personal fave – not only does it smell deliciously sweet, it also makes a great moisturiser. But the best thing about it? You can buy it from the health food section of your local supermarket, avoiding the perfume aisle altogether. Smooth over your body in the shower for a luxurious, hydrating effect.
Which subtle scent do you most like the sound of? Which one do you think would suit you best?